Australia, Community, Music

International jazz singer to perform at Fig Tree Pocket flood relief concert

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A COMMUNITY JAZZ CONCERT flood fund-raiser featuring a host of talented jazz musicians including international jazz singer, Amanda Carr who sings for the famous Boston Pops Orchestra, will be held at Fig Tree Pocket State School oval, Cubberla Street, Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane, Australia on September 17 from 4pm to 6.30pm.

The event will raise funds for families still struggling to get back on their feet after January’s devastating floods.
Brisbane flood-affected suburbs
Fig Tree Pocket was one of the areas significantly affected by floodwater and long-time resident and sponsor, Joanne Bullock-Saxton has organised the event to help those still battling to regain their lives and rebuild their homes. She hopes the concert will provide a boost in spirit and finances for locals affected by the flood.

“Like so many other flood-affected suburbs, we still have many who have not yet returned home and who have been hit hard by the cost of rebuilding, but we are resilient and wherever possible help each-other out and I think that quality is what has drawn such support and interest in this concert. It is meant to inspire fresh hope this Spring and we urge everyone who can make it from all suburbs to come and enjoy this amazing line-up of good-hearted and talented musicians,” she said.

The celebratory concert includes performers from well-known Brisbane band, the UQ Big Band.

They will play under the direction of Clint Allen, an award-winning trumpet player.

This will be followed by Willy Qua and Friends Jazz Band (composed of members of Galapagos Duck).

Galapagos Duck became an Australian household name since they started recording in the 1970s.

They will support jazz vocalist Amanda Carr, whose repertoire includes jazz standards and songs just a bit ‘left of centre’. She was recently named ‘Queen’ of the Noosa Jazz Festival, where she is also scheduled to perform between Sept 1 – 4. Amanda is CEO of the newly formed not for profit organization American Big Band Preservation Society, Inc.

The flood relief concert promises to be a relaxed, fun-filled family event and the cost is $10/ticket (children under 16 free). A sausage sizzle and soft drinks will be provided by the Fig Tree Pocket State School P&C but patrons are also encouraged to bring their own refreshments, a rug, cushion and plenty of friends!

The event is sponsored by a generous donation from Westpac Bank. In addition, support has also been offered by The Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Suburban Relief Grant, Walter Taylor Ward, Rotary Club of Brisbane, Westside News, Cathy Lammie Real Estate, Star Stuff Graphic and Fig Tree Pocket Physiotherapy. All profits from door sales and raffle tickets will be donated to flood relief in the Walter Taylor electorate, particularly in Fig Tree Pocket.

For tickets contact the following Fig Tree Pocket residents:

Joanne Bullock-Saxton – M: 0413 582 956 or email

Cathy Lammie on – M: 0400 155 366 or email

Katie Wilson on – M: 0412 129 049 or email

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Lois Nicholls is an Australian freelance journalist. She is also the author of "Aussie, Actually," which captures her heartfelt experiences as a South African migrant living in Australia. Her second book, "Bye-bye Bikini", published in August 2018, is a series of frank and humorous essays navigating everyday life from the perspective of a fifty-something former newspaper and magazine journalist. Her first children's book, "What Dog is That?" available in hardcopy from was published in May 2019. Her books on Amazon: